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Sat. 8/22, 9a: National Weather Service meteorologist Kerry Jones talks with The Children's Hour crew about supercell storms, lightning safety and El Niño.  Great music, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, a family events calendar, and of course, lots of silliness. Wake up on Saturdays with a smile and a song, 9 to 10am. 

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Weather related deaths are down because more people know how to be safe. It’s Monsoon Safety Awareness Week and the National Weather Service wants you to know how to avoid the dangers of these seasonal storms.  

In New Mexico four people died in flash floods since 2013, and just last year lightning killed one person.

U.S. Drought Mitigation Center

Drought conditions across much of New Mexico have been improving. According to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor report, 55 percent of the state is in moderate to severe drought. That’s down from 97 percent at this time last year.  

This May is already one of the wettest Mays on record in Albuquerque. Climatologist David Dubois says forecasts are showing above average rainfall will continue for most of New Mexico.

Elaine Baumgartel

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UPDATE 5p: Albuquerque Fire Department officials say two people were rescued from swift waters in an arroyo Wednesday afternoon.

One man was rescued near Morningside and Cutler after traveling three miles downstream. Someone had spotted him in the water near Indian School and Louisiana. He has been hospitalized in stable condition. 

A woman was rescued in the arroyo near Louisiana.  According to a city official, officers tied their rain jackets together and pulled the 16 year old straight up 10 feet to rescue her. 

How About That Storm Thursday Night?

Jul 26, 2013
Nathan Orona

I have always associated the word "monsoon" with India. Conversely, words like "arid" and "parched" I associate with the Southwestern United States, not just as descriptions, but as central facts about the regions.

These associations are incorrect.